GOP lawmaker wants to declare Jan. 6 insurrection as ‘Remembrance Day’ in Michigan

Lawmaker endorsed by ex-President Trump in 2020 election

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump breach the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) (Associated Press)

State Representative Steve Carra is proposing that Jan. 6 -- the date of a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in 2021 -- be recognized as “Remembrance Day” in Michigan.

Republican Rep. Carra, who was elected to the Michigan House in 2020, submitted a resolution that seeks to declare Jan. 6 as “Remembrance Day,” while also making a number of unrelated and unfounded claims. The lawmaker, who was endorsed by former-President Donald Trump, oversees the 59th House district, which encompasses Cass and St. Joseph counties.

In the resolution, Carra claims that the U.S. government has eroded “drastically” in the last few years, “culminating on January 6th, 2021.” He says that the insurrection should be blamed on “a few rogue and malicious agitators,” arguing that individuals involved got “caught up in the moment.”

The proposal says the date should be remembered for the “heinous and tyrannical actions levied on society by an unhinged and politically motivated ruling elite.”

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The lawmaker’s resolution also claims that COVID-19 is a “manmade virus” whose outbreak “ravaged humanity around the globe,” and that racism was “revived by the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement.”

Carra’s proposal comes as a House committee investigating the deadly riot at the Capitol shares evidence from their findings in public hearings. The committee is working to explain what led up to and caused the insurrection. Many point to Trump’s false rhetoric about the 2020 election being “stolen” from him as part of the vehicle that emboldened his supporters to riot in support of a lie.

Thousands stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in an effort to disrupt the certification of votes that declared Joe Biden as the nation’s next president. Five people died during or as a result of the riot, and lawmakers were forced into hiding in fear for their lives.

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In the resolution, Carra argues that the home of Ryan Kelley, a Republican gubernatorial candidate for Michigan, was “improperly raided” over Kelley’s role in the Jan. 6 riot. Kelley is facing misdemeanor charges after an FBI report showed photos of the candidate at the U.S. Capitol and participating in the insurrection.

You can read Rep. Carra’s entire resolution below.


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